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Windows 7: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System


11 Mar 2011   #99
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

How to Physically Install a SSD and Transfer the Operating System


Introduction

If you never owned an SSD, you have missed something. Yes, they are not cheap, but Dollar per Dollar there...

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07 Dec 2011   #100
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

This is the result:


Not really sure what I can remove. they all sound important :|

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07 Dec 2011   #101
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

7.9 is as good as it gets. Must be really flying.
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07 Dec 2011   #102
jff02

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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07 Dec 2011   #103
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You could try it. Just be careful when you manipulate the registry. Better backup the registry first or image the whole system - which you should do from time to time anyhow.
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11 Dec 2011   #104
Aimeryan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hey.

I've read everything up to now and am pretty confident I can do it the free way thanks to your very helpful posts.

My only real question at this time is what is the advantage of doing this over just doing a fresh install of the OS (on the SSD), after which installing/moving games/apps to the SSD, leaving the rest on the HDD?

Just wondering if I'm missing the reason for doing all this!

I'm thinking that it may be to do with not having to reinstall stuff, which may be quite important if you have lost discs etc.

I've just ordered my first SSD with the plan of putting the OS on it (performance gain) and some select games (Battlefield 3 for example - map loading, which takes ages, is meant to be far faster with an SSD).
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11 Dec 2011   #105
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
My only real question at this time is what is the advantage of doing this over just doing a fresh install of the OS (on the SSD), after which installing/moving games/apps to the SSD, leaving the rest on the HDD?

The only real avantage is that you need not go thru a lengthy reinstallation. But if you do not mind to reinstall everything, that would be my preferred way too - if it only did not take 3 days to wrestle with all the updates, program installations, settings etc.
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11 Dec 2011   #106
Aimeryan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I figured that may be the case. I guess if you are fine with doing it this way (or using the program that does it all for you!) it is much quicker than reinstalling everything.

Actually I had another thought - if you bought a one-install windows 7 home premium would installing the OS onto the SSD as a fresh install invalidate it? It would be the "same" computer in the sense of every other component. I think I'll look this up unless you know how these work. It may be that copying the image over instead gets around this?

Edit: If I've researched it correctly the product key should still work if I only change my hard drive (in this case to a solid state drive). Cloning the image of the partition to the new drive should not invalidate the key either I think...
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11 Dec 2011   #107
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Correct, you can reinstall or image and the product key remains valid. Only if you were to reinstall or image to another system with an OEM key you would have a problem.
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16 Dec 2011   #108
Aimeryan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Using the newest version of macrium reflect and it seems this program is now able to clone the partitions directly for you, without needing to image etc.

Of course I'm new to it all so I may just be mistaking it somehow but maybe you want to take a look and see if this is the case. It seems that it may do it all for you like the paid version (but this is free!).

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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29 Dec 2011   #109
Katsumoto

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

To make things easy and safe, you may want to consider using the Paragon Migration tool which is linked in the tutorial. Yes that would be an extra $19.95 but it does the job with 2 clicks and you do not have to worry about any of the traps mentioned in 1,2,3.
Hello WHS,

A great tutorial and the support you have provided to the forumers here would not have gone to waste had you been part of Paragon! (ie. I wish you worked for them)

I had bought Migrate OS to SSD on the suggestion of another website (and then from this thread) nearly two days ago, but it's given me nothing but grief and was a wholy unsuccessful venture. I've asked for a refund (my thread on their support forum has gone unanswered) and has left my computer performing sluggishly.

This is not a complaint post, but I would implore those reading this thread to read through some of the threads over at their support forum first, prior to purchase, for similarities of rig set-up, in case they are confronted with similar potential problems.
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